Ballet for All Kids (BFAK) has a new home and more space for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy their classical ballet training programs. BFAK has relocated from Westlake Village to Agoura Hills. The new facility opened Aug. 1, and will offer an expanded class schedule to include ballet, tap and jazz, belly dancing and contemporary. Additional classes are also held at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy.
“We are so excited to finally have a permanent home,” says director Bonnie Schlachte. “This means we will be able to provide additional dance classes that are inclusive of all children. The new move will also give us a space to practice our performances like ‘The Nutcracker,’ which we plan to hold in November over at the Madrid theatre in Canoga Park.”
The philosophy behind BFAK is to embrace each student’s particular circumstances, honor their abilities and disabilities and celebrate their exceptional uniqueness. The program includes children and adults with autism, learning and emotional developmental disabilities such as behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety disorders, neurological difficulties, or those that are hearing impaired, blind or non-ambulatory. Students come from all over the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas to participate in classes, with more than 100 volunteers from both public and private schools.
“Having our own space means that we will be able to maximize the benefits of classical ballet training to children with special needs. Our new facility is designed to limit distractions and sensory overload, and will help to control the noise levels and visual stimuli so that children will be able to get the most out of a classical dance education,” says Schlachte.
The new building has potential, but needs work. The nonprofit dance organization is seeking donations to help cover costs for various renovations, and for a parent lounge that needs paint, furniture and computers. For more information and to donate to the cause visit the BFAK GoFundMe page.
For further information contact Ballet for All Kids at 805-524-5503 or visit their website. The new facility is located at 30315 Canwood Street, Unit # 11, Agoura Hills. See video below of Ballet for All Kids in action.